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Businesses still closed for flood cleanup

Cunningham's Creekside if one of the restaurants closed for flood repairs. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Cunningham's Creekside if one of the restaurants closed for flood repairs. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The flood damage comes at an expense greater than the costly construction. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The flood damage comes at an expense greater than the costly construction. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
After the Ohio River swelled to high peaks in early March, businesses on River Road are anxious to reopen. (Source: WAVE 3 News) After the Ohio River swelled to high peaks in early March, businesses on River Road are anxious to reopen. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Brent George (Source: WAVE 3 News) Brent George (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It has become a common sight in the windows of River Road businesses - signs notifying patrons they are closed for flood repairs.

Cunningham's Creekside Restaurant, River Road BBQ and the Shell gas station at Zorn Ave and River Road are hanging the same signs: Closed for repairs.

After the Ohio River swelled to high peaks in early March, businesses on River Road are anxious to reopen.

“I'm a burger and fish man, not a construction man,” said Brent George, the owner of Cummingham's Creekside.

The flood damage in some River Road businesses encompasses every part of property.

“It's in every crevice, in every part of the building,” said George.

He said it was a surreal feeling standing in the middle of his restaurant with knee deep water.

The sight of incoming water seeping into George's riverside restaurant is not unique to him. Four years ago, during Easter weekend, flooding stopped patrons from swinging open the doors. This year George says they're working hard to be open for Easter Sunday.

The flood damage comes at an expense greater than the costly construction.

“I have 40 people whose livelihoods depend on me getting back reopen, and it's a lot of pressure,” said George, “The hardest part about it is waiting to get these people back to work.”

Employees at Cunningham's Creekside say the community support through the flood damage is heartwarming.

“It's very gratifying. It's always nice to be loved,” said George.

George said he plans on having a party when Cunningham's can reopen.

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